A few accomplishments we've had since the 2014 Feast for Peace!
Brought hope to Israel and the West Bank
Just a few weeks after the war with Gaza co-founder Craig and director Sarah spent 10 days in Israel and the West Bank supporting and training youth and adults from conflict resolution projects. New Play for Peace programs will be emerging from this effort over the coming year.
Grew our programs in Chicago.
Trainers Robert and Richard from the Center for College Access, with the support of the Chicago Mennonite Learning Center, led two weekend leadership camps for our Community Links and Farragut High School Play for Peace Clubs supporting them in their personal growth and unity.
Joined Christian and Muslim children in Pakistan
Indian trainers Swati and Agyat facilitated a Practice Peace Session between Christian and Muslim children during a well-attended Children's Literature Festival in Pakistan. This was the first time the two groups had been brought together in this way as the tension and violence between these communities is reaching a critical point. A Play for Peace Club has already been formed and is working on bringing lasting peace to their area.
Supported education in Haiti
Trainers Jean and Kendra brought Play for Peace to Haiti in the summer on separate trips. Jean is a member of International Deaf Partnerships and, along with her Discovery staff, she conducted Play for Peace sessions with Haitian deaf teachers. Kendra, a school social worker, went with her colleagues to train teachers and children from rural schools near La Victoire in Haiti.
Co-facilitated with royalty in Norway
180 youth from 5 countries gathered in Moss, Norway to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. Director Sarah and Guatemalan trainer Andres were invited to lead Play for Peace workshops. Sarah was selected to facilitate a Global Dignity Day session with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (co-founder of Global Dignity Day) and his wife Princess Mette-Marit for 25 youth from Iceland.
Inspired peace in South Sudan
Indian trainers Swati and Agyat are in South Sudan right now. They are training teachers and youth in the Play for Peace methodology to create peace between different tribes and nationalities that have settled in the region since the end of the war.
Created safe spaces for the children in Nepal to play
Nepal is still feeling tension and recovering after their civil war that ended in 2006. The Nepal Children's Art Museum hosted Play for Peace training for their staff to create a safe and creative space for children and youth, provide creative and educational outlets for expressing themselves and to reflect on their culture during this time of instability in the country. The Museum staff is in the process of opening and mentoring a Play for Peace Club.
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